Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Kitchen Beauty : Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse DIY

I am big on skincare and beauty DIYs. The satisfaction of mixing the ingredients myself and knowing that it is 100% natural makes me so happy. Don't you feel the same way too? That extra TLC with pure ingredients, free from all those chemicals! 
I have a whole section dedicated to it, so you can head over and check out some more tips. Anyway, coming back to today's post, Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse. I tried it out last week and shared a photo on Instagram (I was that pleased with the results!) and lots of you inquired about it. So, here's a post and now you can try it out too! :)

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* WHY?

  • ACV provides potassium, which is essential for hair growth. 
  • It also helps smooth your hair cuticles and therefore reduces frizz. Also, when the cuticles are smoothened, it makes the hair shiny. Bye bye dull lifeless hair!
  • Shampooing typically increases pH factor. Our hair is acidic, with a pH of 4 - 6. Apple cider vinegar has a pH factor of about 4. It restores your hair’s natural pH balance, which also helps maintain your hair’s protective layer.
  • It eliminates product build-up from your scalp, opens the pores thereby allowing it to breathe.
  • It prevents dandruff
  • ACV also has anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities and can eliminate itchiness.
Sounds like a wondrous product doesn't it? It is! 

* One thing you have to remember is to use Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Many commercially available ones are heated, distilled and clarified. This removes most of the naturally occuring bacteria, nutirents and enzymes, thus stripping away the natural benefits. The raw unpasturized ACV is cloudy with some sediments at the bottom "with the mother" which is essential for all the benefits. 

* ACV Hair Rinse:

Mix 1-4 tbsp of ACV with 8 ounces of water (230ml approx)
This is a standard ratio, but you might need to tweak it a little depending on your hair type. Experiment to work out the ratio that works best for you. Dry hair needs less ACV and oily hair will need more. It will take a few hit and trials to find out your perfect ratio. 

* How to Use:

1. Wash your hair with shampoo as usual
2. Squeeze all the excess water
3. Rinse your hair with the ACV water mix. (avoid contact with eyes).
4. Leave it in for 3-5 mins. (if you have time and an oily scalp, you can go upto 10 mins as well). 
5. Rinse your hair with plain water (preferably cold) as usual. 
6. Skip the conditioner. 

There won't be any vinegar smell once your hair dries. Since my scalp is quite oily and I have some flakiness and itchness from time to time, I will be using the rinse every alternate week. The lazy me mixes the rinse in a mug and I just topple it over my hair in the shower. If you want to, you can mix it in a spray bottle and work it into your hair. 

I was amazed at the volume it gave to my otherwise quite limp hair. It added a decent shine as well, and prevented tangles. My scalp feels quite clarified every time as use it. I would really recommend you all to give this one a try! 

xoxo,
Swati
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